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25 Best R&B Albums Of 2013

December 27th, 2013 6:30pm EST
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It truly saddens me to see R&B, a personal favorite style of music, in a state of uncertainty.  2013 found the numbers of R&B down considerably, a trend that is consistent year in and year out. Save for a select few commercial bright spots (led by an unexpected Beyoncé album), R&B only dented the charts. Even so, finding 25 albums with some significance wasn’t difficult to do.  Sure, some of the lowest ranked albums have their flaws, but each has some reason for being selected.  Enjoy!

1) Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
Bad Boy

In a world where R&B and soul music have cooled off consid...
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Top 10 Most Ridiculous Celebrity Rumors of 2013

December 27th, 2013 3:00pm EST
Kim Kardashian
Being a celebrity has its ups and downs. You have the fame and fortune, the adoring fans and everything you could possible want – all the perks that come with being a star. But at the same time, you have to deal with gossip rags tabloids publishing crazy rumors about you and your relationships every day of your life. Maybe it’s just a small price to pay for the glitz and the glam? Sometimes, though, the rumors are far too absurd for anyone to actually believe.

Let’s take a look at the 10 most ridiculous celebrity rumors of the year:

Khloe Kardashian and Steve Martin are dating

Khloe Kard...
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Beyonce's Album Holds On To Number One Spot

December 27th, 2013 8:14am EST
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Beyonce's self-titled album continues to rock the Billboard 200 chart - it spent a second week at number one during Christmas.

The pop star released the surprise album exclusively on iTunes on Dec. 13 with no prior announcement or promotion, and it was an instant hit with fans.

At the close of the music chart week on Dec. 15, Queen B sold 671,000 copies of her fifth studio album. By its second week of release, she sold 991,000 copies in just 10 days. The disc is currently the 12th biggest-selling album of the year.

In second place on the Billboard chart was Garth Brooks' "Blame It All On...
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Beyonce Dances With Terminally-Ill Child During Las Vegas Concert - Watch!

December 26th, 2013 6:03pm EST
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Beyonce and the Make-A-Wish Foundation gave a terminally-ill girl a night to never forget.

In the video, Ivy McGregor of Philanthropy Program Partnership says a 13-year-old girl named Taylon has “an inoperable tumor on her brain, and her dying wish was to dance with Beyoncé.”

Cameras captured Taylon as she giddily attended the concert in the front row. Little did she know Beyonce intended on asking her to dance.

After hugging Taylon, Beyonce began to sing "Survivor" and dance with the ecstatic young girl. She was still in shock minutes after Beyonce continued the show.

Ivy MgGregor sa...
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Beyonce Was 'Terrified' Over Surprise Release Of Latest Album

December 23rd, 2013 7:01pm EST
Beyonce hot black dress
Beyonce wowed the crowds in a form-fitting Tom Ford black mosaic dress Saturday night, when she arrived at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City for the release party of her new self-titled "visual" album.

Queen B paired the sexy little number with a pair of matching thigh-high boots that surely had pulses racing.

"Beyonce" includes 14 new songs and 17 music videos, which the singer debuted during a private listening and viewing for a handful of guests, including the directors of each video and some lucky fans who won a radio contest.

"I was terrified. I was so scared. I alr...
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Beyonce Gives Hundreds Of Gift Cards To Shoppers At Small Town Walmart

December 21st, 2013 2:00pm EST
Beyonce at walmart
Shoppers at a Massachusetts Walmart were shocked on Friday when Beyonce handed out hundreds of gift cards to fans during a surprise shopping trip to the store.

The singer stopped by the big box store in Tewksbury and gave every person on site $50 gift cards, which came enclosed in envelopes signed by the pop star. She bought a total of 750 cards, costing her $37,500, the store manager told Us Weekly.

One Walmart customer posted an image of the singer on Instagram with the caption: "Beyonce just hit up walmart and purchased everyone in the store $50 gift cards. Beyonce for president."

The...
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Rumor Patrol: Demi Lovato Appalled By 'X Factor' Joke, Taylor Swift Bans Beyonce From Target, More

December 21st, 2013 12:03pm EST
Demi Lovato
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Demi Lovato Appalled By X Factor Joke: It was Demi Lovato's last show on reality competition The X Factor, but she didn't exactly get a friendly send-off. Instead, producers created a piece with the intention of teasing her for disagreeing with Simon Cowell all the time - and instead appeared to mock her for her past drinking problems.

Verdict: True. During the show, Mario Lopez introduced the piece an...
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Beyonce Kisses Madonna's Daughter During Brooklyn Concert

December 20th, 2013 7:00pm EST
Beyonce Kisses Mercy James
Beyonce kissed Madonna's adorable daughter Mercy James during a concert at the Barclays center in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday night.

During the last stop of her "Mrs. Carter Show" world tour, the pop star planted on the 9-year-old girl's forehead, and her proud mama was there to capture the moment.

"Mercy James gets a big fat one from the Queen. B!" Madonna wrote on instagram with an accompanying photo.

Madonna also posted a photo of Beyonce performing, writing: "Mrs. Carter crushes the BK with her bad ass show! Girls run the world! #srtforfreedom"

Madonna has four children - 17-yea...
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Beyoncé Makes It 5 Number One Albums In A Row

December 19th, 2013 10:45pm EST
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Beyoncé tops the Billboard 200 chart with her fifth studio album, the self-titled Beyoncé. This is huge news, considering the week was initially expected to be a bit slower with Garth Brooks, R. Kelly, and Childish Gambino stealing the notable headlines. Released just Friday, December 13 exclusively to iTunes (CDs are on their way save for Target), Beyoncé not only scores her fifth consecutive no. 1 album, but also her biggest sales week with 617,000 copies sold. Billboard earlier reported that Beyoncé had the largest selling sales week for an iTunes album. Compare it to the opening wee...
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Beyonce's Self-Titled Album Makes Chart History, R. Kelly's 'Black Panties Debuts' At #4

December 19th, 2013 8:44am EST
Beyonce
Beyonce is the first woman to hit number one on the Billboard charts with her first five studio albums. Her 14-song, 17-music video compilation that dropped unexpectedly on Dec. 13, sold 617,000 copies in its first week.

"Beyonce" surpasses her 2006 album "B'Day," which sold 541,000 its first week. The pop star's latest project is currently only available via iTunes. A physical copy will be available from retailers between Dec. 18 and 20.

Beyonce also sets the record for the highest sales by a female artist in 2013, as well as the year's fourth-biggest sales week overall, just behind Drak...
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Target Refuses To Sell Beyonce’s New Album

December 17th, 2013 4:07pm EST
Beyonce
If you were looking to buy a physical copy of Beyonce’s record-breaking album, you won’t find it at Target.

Target has taken a stand against Beyonce’s digital-first release, saying their stores will not carry the CD when it releases next week.

Target spokesperson Erica Julkowski tells Billboard, "At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections.

While there are many aspects that contribute to our approach and we have appreciated partnering wit...
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Beyonce's Surprise Fifth Album Is Quite A Surprising Listen As Well

December 16th, 2013 10:03am EST
Beyonce
Beyoncé truly shocked the world on Friday, December 13 by releasing her fifth studio album, Beyoncé without anyone expecting her to do so.  While Mrs. Carter had alluded to the fact that she’d be releasing new music before the end of the year, typically by December, album releases are set. Most artists (and labels) tend to be afraid to release a studio album too close to Christmas time; usually some blockbuster holiday album gains momentum.  Beyoncé’s unannounced release of Beyoncé potentially makes a relatively quiet release week suddenly a lot louder (no disrespect R. Kelly or Childish Ga...
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Beyonce's Surprise Album Headed Towards Number One

December 14th, 2013 2:00pm EST
Beyonce
Beyonce sold a whopping 80,000 copies of her surprise new album in just hours. On Thursday night, the pop star stunned fans and the music industry after she dropped 14 new songs and 17 videos online, causing thousands of people to download the project on iTunes.

Several celebrities have touted the new release. Actress Chloe Grace Moretz posted on Twitter, "I'm in love with @Beyonce she has reinvented music and the industry. Sexiest album."

Fellow singer Katy Perry cancelled her Friday plans so she could digest Beyonce's new album, tweeting, "Don't talk to me today unless it's about @Beyon...
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Beyonce Pays Tribute To Actor Paul Walker At L.A. Concert

December 7th, 2013 7:58am EST
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Beyonce honored late actor Paul Walker during a recent gig at the Los Angeles Staples Center. The pop star told the crowd, "I dedicate this song to Paul Walker," according to MTV.com.

The singer then performed a rendition of Whitney Houston's “I Will Always Love You” before launching into her own hit, “Halo.”

Concertgoers at the Dec. 3 show included reality star Khloe Kardashian, actress Zoe Saldana and “Fashion Police” co-host Kelly Osbourne.

Following the performance, Fans tweeted about the experience. One user, Tayler Wilson, wrote: "When @Beyonce sang Whitney Houston I will always lo...
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Beyonce Shows Off Bikini Body In Playful Photos

December 5th, 2013 8:00pm EST
Beyonce bikini
Beyonce took a recent break from her "Mrs. Carter" world tour to relax by the beach. The singer shared some photos of herself kicking back in a bikini on her Tumblr page.

Queen B chilled out in a colorful, striped high-waisted bikini under a palm tree and on a floatie on the water. The 32-year-old also showed off her curves in a a blue two-piece bikini against a jungle-like backdrop.

The pop star recently helped her husband celebrate his 44th birthday in Los Angeles. The couple have revealed they are following a vegan diet for 22 days as a "spiritual and physical cleanse."

On Wednesday, ...
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Blue Ivy Carter Rocks A Studded Leather Jacket

December 5th, 2013 4:03pm EST
Blue Ivy Carter
Blue Ivy Carter is already showing off her fashionista side at the tender age of 23 months.

Beyonce shared a picture of the adorable toddler on her Instagram account. In the snap, Blue Ivy is wearing a leather jacket with studs spelling out "Miss Blue Carter" on the back. She's also already wearing skinny jeans and floral shoes, and check out that awesome hair!

The daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z will turn 2 this coming January and probably have one of the best birthday parties ever. While her parents have been protective of her and have been trying to keep her away from the constant snappi...
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Beyonce & Jay Z 'To Go Completely Vegan' For 22 Days

December 4th, 2013 5:00pm EST
Beyonce
Beyonce and her husband Jay Z are drastically changing their diet for the next 22 days. The couple was inspired by a close friend to give up meat and dairy products, so they are going vegan until Christmas Day.

Jay Z, who turns 44 today, explained on his Life and Times blog: "Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you've found the way.

"On December 3, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!

"This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan...
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Beyonce Is Most Searched Star On The Internet

December 2nd, 2013 11:34pm EST
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Beyonce has dethroned Kim Kardashian as the most-searched celebrity of 2013 on the world's second-largest search engine, Bing.com.

Queen B's busy year began in February, when she performed at halftime during Super Bowl XLVII. She followed that with a world tour and even pulled in a Grammy award.

Kardashian dropped to number-two, while singers Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Madonna round out the top five.

Justin Bieber, who has made headlines all year long and for all the wrong reasons, finished sixth and is one of only two men to land on the list. The other, U.S. President Barack Obama, came ...
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Beyonce Duets With Blind Fan During Concert In Australia - Watch!

November 11th, 2013 5:03pm EST
Beyonce
Beyonce thrilled a 13-year-old and legally blind fan in Australia yesterday when she invited the teenager to sing a duet.

Ellie Kotkis arranged the meeting between Beyonce and her younger sister Sophie. She told Perth Now, "She's never really been able to go to a concert due to logistical reasons so I made a video about Sophie. Even with everything that she's been through, she's been able to do so much. She raised over $1000 for people with multiple sclerosis at the Runamuck [a MS Society fundraiser]. I put that all in the video and I just said that I think someone as amazing as Sophie des...
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20 Celebrities With Pixie Cuts

November 9th, 2013 9:00pm EST
Jennifer Lawrence
Celebrities spend hours in hair and make-up chairs and are used to switching up their looks for a new role or concert tour.

Those who are truly daring opt for the infamous pixie cut, made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the 1950s and model Twiggy in the 1960s. It's a classic look that some stars have tried, and failed, to pull off. Others have successfully made the transition from long hair to short.

Jennifer Lawrence is the latest star to chop off her locks. She posted a pic of her new look on Facebook, which was snapped on an airplane while she was on route to promote her upcoming film The ...
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Beyonce Photobombs Fan During Concert In Australia

October 29th, 2013 12:03pm EDT
Beyonce Photobomb
A fan at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Park, Australia, got the surprise of a lifetime when she took a photo of herself at Beyonce's concert - only to see the singer behind her in the picture!

The girl then shared the photo (above) on her Tumblr page and started replying to rampant questions from other users asking her about the experience.

She wrote, "i dont even know it was such a blur i just remember her bending down to me and my friend and i just turned for the photo and wowoowow it was the best moment ever like she posed its crazy i wasnt even expecting her to look at my phone or noti...
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Beyonce Keeps It Classy In Sexy Picture

October 21st, 2013 1:03pm EDT
Beyonce sexy
Beyonce may be nude in a new photo she posted to her website, but the strategic use of a hammock keeps it classy - as we've come to expect from Queen Bey.

Beyonce posted the photo over the weekend, apparently wearing nothing but jewelry and orange lipstick. Her long hair and hand keep her decent, and then she tops it off by showing some leg.

The singer recently released a calendar full of beautiful and sexy shots, even teasing it with a picture of herself halfway behind a door while pushing her butt out.

Mrs. Carter also traveled to New Zealand to perform concerts in the country - but ap...
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Beyonce Releases Her First Official Calendar With 14 Sexy Shots

October 8th, 2013 5:00pm EDT
Beyonce Calendar
If you must have a monthly dose of Beyonce, you may want to check out her new calendar.  Available for $15 through her Tumblr blog shop, the 2014 calendar features 14 different images of Queen B.

Her website touts the calendar with the following description:

THE NEW YEAR IS COMING SOON, IT'S TIME TO GET PREPARED HER NEW 2014 CALENDAR. EACH MONTH HAS A UNIQUE BEAUTIFUL PHOTO OF BEYONCÉ AND WOULD MAKE A FANTASTIC GIFT FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

On the cover, the singer wears a cleavage baring sequined bralet with a matching hat. Her arm is placed behind her head, and a red light is projected...
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Music Wrap-Up: Beyonce & Jay Z Are Hollywood's Highest Earners, New Tupac Movie and More

September 20th, 2013 11:36am EDT
Beyonce and Jay Z
Hello Friday! Time to catch up on the music news you may have missed this week. Read on!

Jay Z and Beyoncé are still the top earning Hollywood couple

No one, and I mean no one should ever buy a drink when Jay Z and Beyoncé are around. That’s because they have enough to buy the bar and the bartender. Forbes released their list of the highest-earning celebrity couples and for a second year in a row, Beyoncé and Jay Z sit on their thrones at number one racking in an estimated $95 million from June 2012-June 2013. How did they do it you ask? Well, Beyoncé’s “Mrs. Carter” world tour sure helpe...
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Jay Z And Beyonce Are The Highest-Earning Celebrity Couple, Made $95 Million Last Year

September 20th, 2013 2:08am EDT
Beyonce & Jay-Z
Singers Jay Z and Beyonce made more than any other celebrity couple this year. They earned approximately $95 million between June 2012 and June 2013, according to Forbes.

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and quarterback Tom Brady earned a combined $80 million, taking the second spot on the list.  In third place is acting couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who jointly made $50 million.

Jay Z's latest album, "Magna Carta... Holy Grail," went platinum, and his worldwide tour took in a staggering $1.4 million per night.  Beyonce also toured, besting her husband with an average of $2 million per n...
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Police Kill Beyonce & Jay Z's Former Bodyguard, Who They Fired For Hiring A Hooker

September 19th, 2013 5:00pm EDT
Beyonce
A bodyguard who once worked for Beyonce and Jay Z died after a stand-off with police during a break-in at a home in Florida last week.

Norman Oosterbroek broke into a neighbor's home in Miami and physically assaulted him. Police discovered Oosterbroek naked and ingesting what appeared to be narcotics. Officers were forced to Taser him, and the bodyguard, 43, was pronounced dead a short time later at Baptist Hospital.

Oosterbroek, who has also worked for Lady Gaga, was reportedly fired by Beyonce and Jay Z after they learned he solicited a prostitute while on duty for them in Las Vegas.

T...
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The Morning Roundup: Miley And Liam Split, Beyonce Pulled Off Stage By Shirtless Fan, 'Dancing With The Stars' Returns

September 17th, 2013 10:10am EDT
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have officially split. The couple have called off their engagement and ended their relationship after four years. Word is Miley thinks Liam has been cheating on her, possibly with actress January Jones; and Liam is embarassed over her recent antics, beginning with her racy MTV VMAs performance and appearing nude in her latest video, "Wrecking Ball". (story)

Britney's back, b**ches! The singer released her new single, "Work B**ch" on Monday (actually it leaked, so she let it go to radio on Sunday). Check it out (here)

One very excited fan in Sao Paulo, Brazil...
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Beyonce Pulled Off Stage By Crazed Shirtless Fan In Sao Paulo, Brazil

September 16th, 2013 2:15pm EDT
Beyonce
Beyonce nearly found herself unwillingly crowd surfing during her Saturday night show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, when one overzealous fan decided he wanted the singer all for himself.

Queen B was in the middle of her hit "Irreplaceable" at the Estadio do Morumbi venue when she got a little too close to the rabid crowd at the edge of the stage. She interacted with a few fans and when she turned her back, one of them grabbed her and pulled her off stage, presumably to take her home all for his own.

But Beyonce's security team, never more than a heartbeat away, had her back up on stage in seconds...
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Music Wrap-Up: Rappers Adore Miley Cyrus & Beyonce Shoots New Music Video

August 30th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
Miley Cyrus
It’s the end of the week and it’s time to catch you up on news you may have missed while recovering from Sunday night's MTV VMAS. You can always count on MTV to be consistent with that good old thing known as shock value. Read on!

Rappers love Miley Cyrus

Since we're on the topic of the VMAS, how about that Miley Cyrus performance? You know what, you’re probably over talking about her foam-finger humping and her twerking twerkness so instead let’s talk about how every rapper on the planet is clamoring to get her on their songs. Let’s start with Kanye West. According to the New York Post’s...
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Jay Z And Beyonce Tried To Stop Brawl At Diddy's VMAs Party

August 27th, 2013 5:07pm EDT
Jay Z and Beyonce
Jay Z and Beyonce were involved in a brawl when Diddy decided someone was dancing too close to his girlfriend Cassie.

The stars partied on the rooftop of the New York Dream hotel after the awards show in Brooklyn. The fight allegedly took place around 1:30 am. Neither Beyonce nor Jay Z actually attended the VMAs.

"Diddy got in a fight with someone partying too close to him and his girlfriend. It was mayhem. Beyoncé was yelling to stop and Jay Z was separating people and getting people away from Bey," a source tells New York Daily News' Confidenti@l.

Another partygoer says, "We were all d...
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